MANILA—Typhoon Hagibis (international name) intensified further as it moved closer to the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Tuesday, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
The weather disturbance is now packing maximum sustained winds of 200 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 245 kph, weather specialist Meno Mendoza said.
Moving west-northwest at a speed of 30 kph, Hagibis was last spotted 2,420 kilometers east of Central Luzon.
The typhoon is expected to enter PAR Friday, but is unlikely to hit land, Mendoza said.
Once inside PAR, Hagibis will be given the local name Perla, the 16th tropical cyclone to enter the country in 2019.
The easterlies or warm winds from the Pacific are currently affecting the eastern section of the country.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
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